Huon Art Awards 2016

HAEG’s annual art exhibition and sale is now called “Huon Art Awards”


The Opening

Retired Greens Senator Bob Brown (a HAEG member) opened the first Huon Art Awards to a hall filled with art, artists and art-lovers. The judges this year were Jessica Miller, Peter Whyte and Barbie Kjar. Barbie remained on stage for the presentations and gave an interesting insight into each of the judges decisions.

There were 147 entries in this first Huon Art Awards year, with a wide range of styles and subjects.

Thanks again to the many sponsors who made Huon Art Awards 2016 possible, the hard work of many HAEG volunteers, and of course the artists who submitted entries for display and judging this year. Food, wine, and music provided by DayStar Duo completed the evening.

Come along and see the exhibition at the Cygnet Town Hall – it is open 10am to 4pm daily until Sunday March 20th 2016. All artworks are for sale, and several were sold on the opening night.

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The Winners

Huon Valley Community Bank Branches “Huon Art Award” ($2000)
Nick Adams: “Blue Perspective”
Strong concept and good use of materials (baling twine) & well executed. Imposing perspective reminiscent of set of speakers.

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Mayors Choice Acquisitive Award ($1000)
Hazel Howie: “My Favorite Dream”

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Huon Valley Community Bank Branches Oil & Acrylic Award ($1000)
Margaret Sonnemann: “La Fleuriste (Parisienne flower seller)”
Exquisite use of paint, perfectly proportioned, eg puffer jacket. Strong sense of humanity, perhaps refugee but with peace and serenity.

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Huon Valley Community Bank Branches Oil & Acrylic Award Highly Commended ($500)
Brian Looker: “Bitterns of the Egg Islands”
Allegorical and dreamlike with universal message with local input.

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Noel Dopel 3D Award ($1000)
Ned Trewartha: “Hall Table”
Light on feet with lovely splayed legs and space underneath but solid Tas Oak & fiddleback. Ethereal piece of art with refined elegance. Skillfully put together.

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Noel Dopel 3D Highly Commended ($value)
Sue Bronner-Loan: “Tasmanian relic- claw”
Feral bling amusing and inventive. Wombat legs/claws.
Damien Hurst- Mexico, means day of the Dead?

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Photographic Award ($1000)
Stephen Carter: “Lea Brady”
Clear, striking portrait with surprising depth made surprisingly intimate with the segmentation. Beautifully emphatic inviting the viewer into Lea’s personal space.

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Photographic Highly Commended ($500)
Melanie Lunden: “Lymington Church”
Simplistic but with beautiful clarity and composition. Gothic/god like. Not unlike David Lynch –Twin Peaks.

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Richard Bacon Watercolour Award ($1000)
David Hopkins: “On the slip at Port Cygnet”
Technically correct displaying high level skills. Deceptively simple but with great detail. Demonstrates what a good WC can be.

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Richard Bacon Watercolour Award Highly Commended ($500)
Jean Henley: “Banksia Marginata, Sandrock Bay”
Wonderfully subtle depiction and form.

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Mixed Media/Other Award ($1000)
Deborah Coombes: “Reflections”
Innovative use of materials, using Spacing to advantage. Evocative & experimental with music like rhythm.

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Mixed Media/Other Highly Commended ($500)
Nicole Anderson: “Land Is.”
Wonderful juxtaposition of woven grass segments and textured paint in 3 colourful panels.

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Student Art Award ($150)
Ayla McIntire: “Dragon”
A very sophisiticated painting with colour & strength. Liked the light & darkness. Clearly involved in the work.

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Student Art Award ($150)
Callan Kirk-Synnott: “Helping Hand”
Personal narrative wonderful circular composition and deceptively simple.

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Student Photography Award ($200)
Charlotte Dean: “Exploring the River”
Spontaneity, nicely focused, well composed & well titled.

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Homelands Acquisitive Prize ($1000)
Margaret Sonnemann: “Mother & Child”

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Special Mention
Lois Alexander: “Hartz Mountains”
Dynamic paint movement through the 3 level – skyline, trees and foreground.

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Special Mention
Margie Kirk: “Tears of the tiger”
Clever & simple. Nice relationship with the currawong. Emblematic of Tasmania.

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Special Mention
Bob Brown: “Port Cygnet”
Like a painted watercolour, the more you look the more revealed. Soft tones draw you into the yacht and surrounding tones.

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Peoples Choice Award ($1000)
Vivienne Dick: “High Country Dawn”

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The entry form is available for download here now.

Opening Friday, March 4th, 2016
Exhibition Open Hours
Sat – March 5th to Sun – March 20th.
10am – 4pm Daily
14 Mary Street, Cygnet 7112

Awards Totalling $12,000

Huon Valley Community Bank Branches Award $ 2000
Mayors Choice Acquisitive Award $ 1000
Homelands Acquisitive (Richard Bacon Watercolour Award) $ 1000, Highly Comm. $500
Huon Valley Community Bank Branches Oil & Acrylic Award $ 1000, Highly Comm. $ 500
Noel Doepel 3D Award $ 1000, Highly Comm. $500
Photographic Award $ 1000, Highly Comm. $ 500
Mixed Medium/any other, $ 1000 Highly Comm. $500
Peoples Choice Award $ 1000
Student Art Award 16 yrs. & under $ 200
Student Photography Award $ 200
Student Encouragement Award $ 100

Our sponsors

Huon Art Awards can only take place with the valued sponsorship of local businesses and patrons.

HAEG gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the following businesses along with other businesses and individuals who requested to remain anonymous.

Huon Valley Council
Tasmanian Regional Arts
Cygnet Post Office

Bob Brown

Southern Swan

Senator Christine Milne

Senator Catryna Bilyk

Lara Giddings MP

The Coast House

Julie Collins MP

Kermandie Hotel
Cygnet Garden Larder
R&D Butchers Cygnet
Sleeping Beauty Gallery
Cygnet Newsagency

HAEG acknowledges the sponsorship and support of Tasmanian Regional Arts through the provision of public liability insurance for “Huon Art Awards 2016”.



Your Entry Form and Fee must be received by 5pm Friday February 26th

You may Post your Entry Form and Fee to :
Huon Art Exhibitions Group Inc. PO Box 353, CYGNET Tas 7112 Ph : 0481 332 979
Hand Deliver Entry Form & Fee (enclosed in sealed envelope) to :
LOVETT GALLERY 14 Mary Street Cygnet (Behind Town Hall)
STANLEY’S STUDIO/GALLERY 7562 Channel Hwy. Cygnet


Your artwork must be delivered to HAEG at the Cygnet Town Hall for registration on
Tuesday March 1st. between the hours of 10am and 4pm ONLY
Deliveries outside these times can only be made by prior arrangement.
A receipt will be given for the entry fee during registration.
Please retain this receipt – without it you can not collect unsold artwork.


Unsold artwork is to be collected between 4.00 and 5.00pm on Sunday March 20th.
or between 10.00am and 1pm on Monday March 21st. 2016.
All artworks are to be signed out by the artist or their agent. Please produce your receipt.


The Official Opening will be held at the Cygnet Town Hall on Friday March 4th commencing at 6.30pm. All are welcome.
Exhibition commences Saturday March 5th through to closing Sunday March 20th.
OPENING TIMES : 10.00am – 4.00pm Daily.

Further information:
Huon Art Exhibitions Group – PO Box 353 Cygnet, Tas 7112
T : 0419 839 157, 6295 0123, 6297 8209
W :, E :


The submitted work must be the original work of the exhibiting artist and not have been exhibited before. Reproductions from originals will not be accepted. Due to hanging space limitations 2 Dimensional work must not be wider or taller than 1.5 metres.

Prints that are part of an edition produced using traditional print making techniques are accepted but must be numbered accordingly. Any image made using digital or a digital print process must be labelled accordingly.

A limit of two (2) entries per artist. This includes small pieces : eg: jewellery. Each piece entered in the exhibition must be available for sale. A multiple piece of work must be sold as one and cannot be sold as individual items.

Entry Forms must be received by 5pm on Friday 26th February 2016.
Postal entries postmarked after 26/2/16 will not be accepted.

An entry fee of $ 20.00 per artwork (Non HAEG/CRAG Members) $ 10.00 per artwork (HAEG/CRAG Members) must be included on return of entry form. Cheques to be made payable to HAEG Inc. or by credit card. Please note : Entry fees are not refundable.

A discount of $5.00 only, will be given to those exhibitors who contribute to the roster during the exhibition.

All artwork is to be delivered at the artist’s expense and registered (without packaging ) at the Cygnet Town Hall on Tuesday March the 1st.
(10.00am – 4pm). No late deliveries.

Entries may be delivered by post or courier. However all the works submitted in this manner must include return packaging, delivery fee, completed delivery labels and details of courier.

2D work must be suitably framed ready for hanging with picture hanging wire and screw eyes. Unsatisfactory framing may result in the artwork not being hung. 3D works should, where ever possible, be suitably displayed by the artist.

Triptyches and Diptyches not accepted due to hanging space.

All works must be clearly labelled on the bottom right hand corner of the back, or the underside of the artwork with the artist name, contact details and title of the artwork. Entries with special display requirements should be discussed with HAEG before the exhibition. HAEG may choose not to accept the piece. All pieces must be dry and stable or will not be accepted.

Entrants must agree to display their work for the duration of the exhibition and to publication or reproduction of their work for promotion.

Space permitting, all entries will be exhibited. This will be at the discretion of HAEG.

HAEG and their associates will exercise all reasonable care in handling the works submitted but will not be responsible for loss of and or damage whatsoever to any works while in the custody of the Group. Artists are advised to insure their work.

The judges are independent of HAEG and their decision will not be influenced by the organization. The judges decision will be final.
No correspondence will be entered into.

Open competition. Members and organisers of HAEG are also eligible to enter the competition.

All work must be available for legitimate sale and priced accordingly. A 20% commission will be charged on sales for HAEG/CRAG Members, 30% Non HAEG/CRAG Members.

Artists are responsible for making their own arrangements for GST.
Irrespective of selling price, an artist winning a particular prize will only be awarded the amount of prize money or voucher stated.

Entries will be accepted based on the artists acceptance that their entry could be acquired by a sponsor eg: winning the $1000 Mayors Choice Award.

The Awards will be announced at the Official Opening on Friday March 4th 2016 at 6.30pm. The Peoples Choice Award will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Artwork can be collected from the exhibition at the Cygnet Town Hall between the hours of 4.00 – 5.00pm ONLY on Sunday March 20th. or on the following Monday, March 21st. between 10.00am – 1pm ONLY.
Late pick ups will incur a $ 5.00 per week ( or part there of) storage fee. After 2 weeks, uncollected work will become the property of HAEG and may be disposed of at the discretion of the incorporation.
If sold the proceeds (less 40%) will be forwarded to the artist. Unsold entries which have been posted or couriered will be returned in the same manner if return packaging and delivery costs have been provided.

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of the exhibition please write to HAEG (PO Box 353, Cygnet Tasmania 7112) or contact us by email at The organisation will respond to your complaint.
The volunteers who are supervising the exhibition are not in a position to address your concerns.